On the nose: Intense fruitiness and ripe berries on the nose.
On the palate: Medium-smooth tannins dominate the palate, well balanced by fresh fruit. This wine offers superb weight and structure with a classic finish.
90 points, Wine Spectator (Feb. 2014): "Plenty of strawberry and cherry flavors mark this pure, elegant red. Picks up hints of leather and tobacco, but the beam of intense fruit lingers."
Pair with: Red meats, sauce dishes, game animals (woodcock, wild boar) and semimature cheeses.
Drink now or hold up to 2018.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.